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Tiffany Esshaki

C&G Staff Reporter – Birmingham Bloomfield Eagle


Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki covers Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township as well as Oakland County Parks and Recreation and Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center. Esshaki has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2011 and attended the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Oakland Community College. She’s the recipient of several awards from the Michigan Press Association and the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Published May 14, 2012

were sworn in to the Birmingham Police Department. The additions bring the force to a total of 28 officers.

Dustin Nelson, 23, of Macomb Township, and Scott Grams, 27, of Rochester Hills, were hired to replace two retired officers in the department. According to Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt, the new officers will spend the next year getting acquainted with each shift — from daytime to nights, in the office and out on the streets.

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Published May 14, 2012

The annual Celebrate Birmingham parade will make its way down Old Woodward Avenue this Sunday, May 20. This year, the parade will feature some old staples and some new additions to the lineup, along with a new theme, “The Good Ole Days.”

According to parade Chair Sandy Debicki, Celebrate Birmingham dates back at least 30 years. Residents line the city streets to watch as clowns, community groups, bands and fire engines march by to ring in the city’s official start of the summer season.

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Published May 8, 2012

After many months of intense, and at times contentious, campaigning, voters in the Bloomfield Hills School District approved a measure that will allow the district to borrow $58.65 million to build a facility to house students of the consolidated Bloomfield Hills High School.

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Published May 8, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — At 20 years old, Rebecca Rosen was sure she was going crazy. She was depressed, and as a sophomore in college, found herself battling an eating disorder. She struggled for two years with her deep unhappiness, and after doctors and medications failed to help her, she was desperate. She prayed for help, and one evening she said, her cries were answered by her grandmother, Babe — who had passed away more than a decade earlier.

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Published May 8, 2012

FRANKLIN/BINGHAM FARMS — After six years, Chief Patrick Browne of the Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department has announced he’ll be retiring at the end of June. Though he said he’ll miss the force, he said it’s time to move on to greener pastures — or, in his case, courses.

“I’m sure my wife has her share of things she’ll want to do. I enjoy golf, but I certainly need to improve my game, so hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to become a little bit better,” said Browne of his forthcoming free time.

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Published May 8, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — This year, John Frank Rare Coins celebrates three decades in business. But the milestone almost didn’t happen. Just three years ago, the Frank family was preparing to close the doors of their Birmingham business for good.

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Published May 8, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — It was nearly 100 years ago that the first squadron of volunteers banded together to form the Birmingham Fire Department. Even though much has changed as far as the equipment and technology used to save lives, the courage at the heart of each firefighter remains the same.

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Published May 8, 2012

FRANKLIN — The Village Council of Franklin held a budget hearing April 30 so residents could share their thoughts on the proposed village budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The meeting was short, though, with only a few residents stepping up to the microphone to share any opinions with the trustees.

If you ask Village Trustee Sherry Sparks, though, there were deep concerns from residents not being expressed. According to Sparks, there are a number of villagers who feel that financial assistance to Main Street Franklin should be cut from the budget.

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Published May 2, 2012

As we cross another Earth Day off our calendars, some of us might let the spirit of environmental consciousness drift. There are others in our community, though, who think working to beautify our neighborhoods should last beyond a single day of awareness, and they’re dedicated to cleaning up the harmful and unsightly trash that so many others leave behind.

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Published May 1, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS — Jon Bloom is an exemplary student. The Groves High School senior is the technical director of the school’s theater program, an Advanced Placement student at Groves in computer science and other programming courses, and he’s preparing to start classes at Grand Valley State University in the fall — all while keeping a 3.2 grade point average.

As a college-bound student, the 17-year-old considers it a top priority to keep track of his grades. So when it comes to monitoring his assignments, Bloom prefers to take a hands-on approach. Literally.

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Published May 1, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Even though 27-year-old Katie Avesian is busy wrapping up her final college exams this week, there’s something else on her mind besides studying. The secondary education student is the event coordinator for the 2012 Breathe Deep Michigan 5k Walk for Lung Cancer, and the May 12 event is commanding all her focus.

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Published May 1, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Pianist Marina Arsenijevic has lived a fascinating life filled with tragedy, triumph, and most of all, an exceptional musical talent. On May 14, the world-renowned artist will share her story and her tremendous gift at a concert performance to benefit The Community House.

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Published April 23, 2012

BINGHAM FARMS — President Barack Obama is starting to ramp up efforts for his re-election campaign, and the commander in chief made a stop in Michigan April 18 to attend two fundraising events around metro Detroit.

First stop was a fundraiser at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. The event was expected to attract more than 500 people, who paid up to $5,000 for the chance to greet the president and perhaps snag a photo.

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Published April 23, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS — A Beverly Hills man has been charged for his alleged involvement in an insurance fraud scheme to the tune of $250,000, according to the office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

In a statement released April 12, David Daniel Fischer, 50, of Beverly Hills is accused of pocketing cash from insurance premiums he collected from clients while working for Bosquett & Co., an insurance agency based in Troy.

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